Staff
Head Coach
Liz O'Leary

In her 33rd season of guiding the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crews in 2018-19, The Friends of Radcliffe Rowing Head Coach for Women's Heavyweight Crew Liz O'Leary has brought the Black and White to the pinnacle of women's collegiate rowing, and made Radcliffe a perennial contender for national championships.

The recent run of excellence--her 2003 team captured the NCAA title, and her 2005 varsity followed that up with a bronze-medal finish--makes this one of the most successful eras of an already-proud tradition of Black and White crews.

O'Leary has led Radcliffe to the NCAA regatta for three of the last six years and 17 times during the 21-year history of the event. Radcliffe earned a varsity eight bid in 1997 and then team berths in eight-straight seasons and again in 2007, '08, '09, '11, '12, '13, '14 and '15.

O'Leary was appointed to her position at Harvard-Radcliffe in 1986 and enjoyed immediate success by leading the first varsity to Eastern Sprints titles in 1987 and 1989. That success has continued throughout her tenure with over 200 dual wins, top-finishing crews at Sprints, and appearances at national championships.

In 1997, O'Leary's varsity qualified for the inaugural NCAA Championships, winning the petite final to place seventh in the event. O'Leary's Radcliffe heavyweights have qualified for the NCAA Championships regatta 13 times in the 15-year history of the event, 12 times as a team and once as a varsity eight.

The 2003 campaign was the pinnacle, however. Radcliffe was the toast of the town at Sprints, where they captured both the first varsity title as well as the Willing Team Points trophy, and at the NCAA Championships, where Radcliffe won the first varsity eight and team national titles. For her efforts with the Black and White, O'Leary was named the 2003 CRCA Division I Coach of the Year.

After a ninth-place varsity finish in 2004, the 2005 incarnation had a brilliant week of rowing in Sacramento, and edged hard-charging crews at the finish to take home a bronze medal, historically the second-highest finish for the program at the regatta.

In 2012, O'Leary added a new piece of hardware to the Radcliffe trophy case, as her crew won the inaugural Ivy League Championship regatta. The win at Ivies along with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships helped O'Leary earn the 2012 New England Regional Coach of the Year award, her second such honor.

The Black and White returned to the NCAA regatta again in 2013 and finished 11th as a team, including an eighth-place showing by the varsity eight. In 2014, Radcliffe placed third in the Ivy League and finished 13th at the NCAA Championship. Radcliffe won the Eastern Sprints in 2015, ranked fourth at the Ivy Championships and placed 14th in the highly-competitive NCAA field. In 2019, Radcliffe returned to the NCAA regatta, placing 14th overall.

O'Leary owns an impressive 206-117 dual-racing record and has guided Radcliffe to winning marks in 13 of the last 16 seasons.

Fourteen (14) of O'Leary's Radcliffe athletes have competed on U.S. World Championship and Olympic teams. Most recently, Olivia Coffey '11 won a World Championship with the U.S. in the 4- in the summer of 2013 and will participate again in 2014. Esther Lofgren '08-09 won gold with the U.S. women's eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Lofgren was accompanied by Caryn Davies '05 in the gold medal winning boat during the 2012 Olympics.

Michelle Guerette '02 and Davies '05 rowed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing. Davies earned a silver medal as part of the eight in 2004. Davies, a member of the 2003 NCAA championship boat, then returned to Harvard after her Olympic experience to help pull the Black and White to the bronze at the 2005 NCAA regatta. She went on to take gold with the U.S. eight in Beijing, where Guerette won the bronze in the single.

In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Davies rowed with fellow Harvard graduate Esther Lofgren '08-'09 in the United States' women's eight. The crew took gold after completing the course in 6:10.59 for a nearly two-second win.

A 1976 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, O'Leary brings a wealth of international rowing and coaching experience to Radcliffe. A member of the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Teams, she also competed for the U.S. on six World Championship Teams, medaling in three of them. O'Leary has coached the 1988 Olympic Team as well as seven World Championship teams from 1985 through 1997.

Prior to Harvard, O'Leary coached at UNH, and subsequently was the head coach of girls' crew at Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. In 1994, she was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame. The O'Leary Cup, named in her honor, is presented annually to the winner of Radcliffe's annual race against Dartmouth and Syracuse.

Assistant Coach
Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans '10 joined the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2014, and was promoted to first assistant in July 2015. Evans enters her sixth season with the Black and White in 2019-20.

For the past three seasons, Evans has assisted Liz O'Leary, The Friends of Radcliffe Rowing Head Coach for Women's Heavyweight Crew, with the 1V and 2V.

Evans, who earned a bachelor of arts in neurobiology with a secondary field in linguistics from Harvard in 2010, returned to Cambridge after spending four years as the associate head coach at Noble and Greenough School. Also serving as a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher, Evans coached the girls' first and second varsity boats in 2014, after previously coaching the third and fourth boats.

While at Harvard, Evans coxed the Open 4+ to a gold medal at the 2008 IRA National Championships, a season after coxing the Second Freshman Eight to gold at Eastern Sprints.

Before coaching rowing, Evans, who obtained her master's degree from Harvard in 2018, spent many summers coaching sailing at Chatham Yacht Cub on Pleasant Bay in Chatham, Mass. She also worked for Pleasant Bay Community Rowing, coaching learn-to-row programs for high school and masters rowers on Long Pond in Harwich, Mass.

Assistant Coach
Sabrina Bohrer

Sabrina Bohrer enters her first season as a Harvard heavyweight crew assistant coach in 2019-20, after officially being introduced in July 2019.

Bohrer comes to Cambridge from fellow Ivy League member Dartmouth where she competed for four seasons before joining the coaching staff for the 2018-19 campaign.

As a rower, Bohrer was a four-year Varsity 8 member, earning a spot on the All-Ivy League First Team and collecting academic all-conference accolades as a senior in 2018. During her time in Hanover, New Hampshire, she became the first woman in more than 60 years to receive the Thaddeus Seymour Award, which is given to the undergraduate who has made the greatest contribution to rowing at Dartmouth.

During her time as a student-athlete, Bohrer began sharpening her coaching skills at Community Rowing, Inc., in nearby Brighton and St. Ignatius Rowing in San Francisco, California. Bohrer spent the summer and winter of 2015, and the summer of 2017 at Community Rowing, Inc., where she led introductory camps for novices and masters, developed coaching plans and assisted with weight classes for masters. Then in 2017 from January-March, Bohrer served as a volunteer assistant for high schoolers at St. Ignatius Rowing. While in Northern California, she assisted with both the Varsity 8 and novice groups, and provided video breakdown and technique sessions off the water.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in global health, Bohrer moved full-time into the coaching ranks. This past season, she helped the Big Green to a third-place finish at the 2018 Head of the Charles, a runner-up effort at the 2019 Eastern Sprints and a fifth-place performance at the 2019 Ivy League Championships. Individually, Bohrer coached a pair of all-Ivy League selections and nine CRCA Scholar-Athletes.

Between her collegiate rowing and coaching career, Bohrer traveled south to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to coach the U23 program in smalls boats at Bachelors Barge Club during the summer of 2018, while also assisting with masters rowing in small boats. Earlier this summer, Bohrer was part of the coaching group working with the USRowing Olympic Development Program in Saratoga, New York and Sarasota, Florida.